Richmond Feb. 12th 1789
Among the arrangements of office which will likely take place in the United States; some will probably be peculiar to the different states. As I am confident that a knowledge of characters here would assist those in whose hands this business rests, I shall not scruple to request your attention to my particular friend Col. Wm. Heth.
He was an officer of distinguished merit in the Virginia line; is now a member of our executive council where I can testify his services to have been during my connection with that board, independent & judicious. For the department of accounts, accuracy and assiduity I pledge myself. And I am persuaded that I might risque my reputation on whatsoever he shall undertake.
I should add an apology for troubling you on this occasion, were it not that I have the happiness to believe that my recommendation will not be unacceptable to you; And I feel an assurance that I am presenting to the acceptance of the United States a gentleman in whom you cannot be deceived.
I am, dear sir, with great respect & esteem your mo ob. serv.
MHi: Adams Papers.